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Center Maryland Radio Minute -- Josh Kurtz on Hillary Clinton and Maryland Politics

Center Maryland columnist Josh Kurtz talks about Hillary Clinton's role in Maryland politics in the latest segment of Center Maryland's new feature, the Center Maryland Radio Minute, heard exclusively on WNEW 99.1. Check out the segment, and a special thanks to SaveFarmFamilies.org for helping to sponsor this week's Center Maryland Radio Minute.... Continue reading
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Donald Fry: Tax policy challenges are key to business climate overhaul

By: Donald C. Fry  After years of being buffeted by disappointing rankings on many national surveys, Maryland’s business climate is about to be overhauled. That’s what candidates in next week’s election are telling us. Both major party candidates for governor – and many others running for seats in the General Assembly – say they will make strengthening our state’s competitiveness for business growth and job creation a top priority when they convene in Annapolis next January. Specifically how Maryland’s business climate will be strengthened remains to be seen. But ask business owners, managers and employees in our state and they quickly offer up a broad menu of potential action items. They include better customer service on the part of state agencies and their employees at all levels, better coordination and communication between state agencies, reduced regulations and reasonable, consistent enforcement of them, and better leveraging of state assets to nurture business... Continue reading
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Center Maryland’s General Election Pundit Contest – 2014 Edition

It’s time for Center Maryland to once again test the election forecasting abilities of our regular readers. Enter Center Maryland’s 2014 General Election Pundit Contest.  We have picked out a selection of competitive (or somewhat competitive) races across Maryland, at all levels of state and local government. Each correct selection is worth 1 point Fill in your predictions of the winners of each race, and mark down your guess for the tie-breaker. Email your completed ballot to no later than TUESDAY, Nov. 4th, at 3 P.M.  Please be sure to include both your name and email address. What’s the prize?  The honor of being recognized as the smartest reader of Center Maryland, and a Center Maryland bag. Thanks.  And good luck.Download the ballot here:Center-Maryland-final-general-contest-ballot-2014.docx... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: It’s All About Turnout

By: Laslo Boyd  This Tuesday’s election will be determined by who can lure the most supporters to the polls. That may seem like a tautology but, in the aftermath of a dreary campaign that failed to energize or motivate voters, organizational efforts are likely to be decisive. In this showdown, Anthony Brown starts with a distinct advantage.  First, he has a much larger potential pool from which to draw. With Democrats outnumbering Republicans in Maryland two-to-one, Brown should have a much easier time finding supporters. Additionally, Hogan’s lack of campaign funds — he ended up accepting public financing — is likely to limit how much money he has available for Election Day activities. If Brown hasn’t squandered all his money on those terrible, negative commercials, he should have a significant ground operation functioning on Tuesday. Turnout will be the unknown variable in this equation. National polls in the last month suggest... Continue reading
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Center Maryland Radio Minute -- Barry Rascovar on the NRA and the Governor's Race

Political commentator Barry Rascovar talks about the NRA, guns and the governor's race in the latest segment of Center Maryland's new feature, the Center Maryland Radio Minute, heard exclusively on WNEW 99.1. Check out the segment, and a special thanks to SaveFarmFamilies.org for helping to sponsor this week's Center Maryland Radio Minute.... Continue reading
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